By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 24, 2013 at 2:17PM
The American Cinematheque's 27th gala honoree will be producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who will be guaranteed to pack the Beverly Hilton Hotel with his cronies on December 12.
This will be an opportunity for Bruckheimer, one of the most powerful and popular producers in Hollywood, to demonstrate his clout after recently parting ways with Disney, with whom he has had a first-look deal since the 1990s. He netted $3.4 billion for Disney during their lucrative partnership, but went out on a series of flops, from "Prince of Persia" and "Sorcerer's Apprentice" to "The Lone Ranger." The studio insists that that film's performance had nothing to do with their separation.
Over the course of his 40-year career Bruckheimer has overseen mega-hits "Top Gun," "Armageddon," "The Rock," "Con Air," "Beverly Hills Cop" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. But he will also want to remind tout Hollywood of best efforts, from "Remember the Titans," "American Gigolo" and "Enemy of the State" to "Thief," "Crimson Tide" and "Black Hawk Down."
You can be sure that Bruckheimer will call in every chit, even though some of the stars he helped to launch are past their career peaks. Look out for Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Cruise, Nic Cage, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom, Bill Nighy, Ben Affleck, Eddie Murphy and such filmmakers as Gore Verbinski, Michael Bay, Robert Towne, and Ridley Scott. Alas his late brother Tony, a Bruckheimer favorite, will only be there in spirit.
Funds raised for the gala benefit the Cinematheque's year-round programming.